Trump Spazzes Into Afternoon Meltdown As Campaign Officially Implodes

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President Donald Trump hasn’t exactly taken well to the new revelation that former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor is “Anonymous,” the pseudonym-identified author of an infamous piece in The New York Times claiming the existence of some kind of secret resistance inside the Trump administration. Taylor also wrote a book under the pseudonym, and now that his actual identity is in the public, Trump is freaking out. Sure, Americans are struggling through yet another surge of the Coronavirus pandemic, with rising cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and an economy that’s “recovering” in fits and starts. Nevertheless, Trump is laser-focused on whining about Miles Taylor.

On Twitter on Thursday, Trump ranted:

‘So it turns out that the wise guy promoted as “Anonymous” by the @nytimes , named Miles Taylor (who I never even heard of!), was only a little known “staffer” as opposed to a “Senior Administration Official”. He then scammed @CNN, lied to @andersoncooper, & got a job there. He also worked at, of all places, @Google . They all have big liability!!!’

Trump’s reference to a lie to CNN host Anderson Cooper refers to the fact that Cooper once actually asked Taylor if he was “Anonymous,” and at the time, Taylor said no. While it’s true that Taylor has some of his own problems and definitely isn’t some kind of liberal hero — he had a hand in some of the Trump administration’s destructively cruel immigration policies, after all — it’s also true that it’s utterly outlandish for the president to be obsessing over Taylor so closely. There’s no indication that news organizations that have associated themselves with Taylor actually have some kind of “big liability.” What would they even be liable for? Irritating the president? That’s not illegal. This occasion is not the first time that Trump has complained about Taylor on Twitter.

On Thursday, Trump also touted the fact that weekly unemployment claims had just hit a 7-month low — but that’s still higher than the pre-pandemic level — and the number, at 751,000, is still significantly higher than the pre-pandemic record! Trump also claimed that an extension of the time in which to receive mail-in ballots for counting in Pennsylvania is “a disaster for our Nation, and for Pennsylvania itself.” He added that ” Democrats are trying to steal this Election.” This is a lie. An extension of the time for receiving and counting properly submitted mail-in ballots that may have been delayed in the Postal Service does not automatically entail a single instance of fraud.

View Twitter’s response below:

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